Comparison is the thief of joy

This quote from Theodore Roosevelt is one that has resonated with me for a while and conversations over the weekend at the SCBWI annual conference made me think about it again. At every step on the writer’s journey there are opportunities to stop and take in the view, chat to other travellers and compare notes.…

New chapter, new challenges

I’m having a year of ‘No Regrets’. What this means in reality is saying yes to things I might regret saying no to later. And since signing my book deal, there is an increasing number of these and it all feels a bit… new. “Would you like to come on Radio Tamworth? I host a…

Marking the moment

The announcement of my YA book deal with Firefly came pinging onto my phone as I attempted to navigate the school summer fair.  Picture me with four kids, three plant pots and a bag of assorted purchases, trying to make sense of the tweets that were streaming onto my phone. (Small pause while I let…

Writing’s like marmite…

…it’s a divider of people.  I’ll explain.  When I say I’m a writer, I find people fall into three categories: The person who changes the topic of conversation in order to escape from a subject that either disinterests them or is so alien to their world they haven’t the vaguest idea how to even appear…